You’ve booked a sitter or maybe taken advantage of one of Los Angeles’ super convenient parent’s night out drop off spots and now are ready to paint the town a fantastic shade of red with your main squeeze! Rather than hit your go-to local restaurants, shake up your usual romantic routine! From underground tunnels and indoor confetti domes to Donkey Kong and murder mysteries, read on for the best ways to turn a regular date night into a great night!

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Slide Scrapers
Take your relationship to new heights where love will soar at the top of the iconic U.S. Bank Tower 1,000 feet above downtown Los Angeles. Drink in the 360 degrees, panoramic views of Los Angeles from the world’s tallest indoor/outdoor observation deck while you and yours will see the city (and perhaps each other) in a whole new light. Feeling extra adventurous? Slide down the 46-foot outdoor glass side before calling it a night and ride that adrenaline rush all the way back home!

633 West Fifth St.
Suite 840
Los Angeles, Ca 90071

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Escape Room
Hack into a secret vault to save mankind or cast a couple of magic spells to save a wizard all before dinner. Put your communication skills to the test in a themed escape room where you two lovebirds only get an hour to crack the code and get out. It’s a race against time and a battle of wits which can also be the perfect scenario for a double date (the more the merrier when it comes to brainpower). After your great escape, grab a drink to celebrate your intelligence, ahem, victory!

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Pop-Up Art Installation
Nothing truly says “I love you” like jumping from a rainbow (yes a rainbow) into a giant pot of happiness. Or holding hands while you and your love stroll through the world’s largest indoor confetti dome surrounded by hundreds of thousands of swirling pieces of confetti. What better way to re-connect then finding your happy place together at the latest “it” pop-up museum appropriately named, well, Happy Place? Added bonus: there are tons of food treats along the way included in your admission and an option to visit the Happy Place food truck making this an all-in-one date night outing. Hurry because this exciting installation is only running through the end of May (Apr. 26 – May 27) so snag your tickets now.

Happy Place
LA Live Event Deck
1005 Chick Hearn Ct.
Los Angeles, CA 90015

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If the kids are always hogging the video games at home, then why not make a night of it at one of the latest arcade bars popping up around town? Grab your honey, hop into your Delorian and blast back to the 80’s where pinball, Pac-Man and Pole Position are all on the entertainment menu. These places generally have good eats too, be it a full service restaurant or food trucks in the parking lot, so you can eat, drink and play ‘till your hearts are content (or at least until the quarters run out).

Echo Park:
Button Mash


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Underground LA Tours
Calling all history buffs! Why wait for the kids to go to bed before you go out and instead make it a fun afternoon date adventure under the streets of Los Angeles? Kick off the tour at the historic Cole’s French dip downtown and embark on an exploration of the city’s underground and sordid past. Check out secret prohibition tunnels and famous speakeasy haunts once frequented by Hollywood’s elite hidden beneath our feet. Ticket prices for this experience are a little on the steep side so skip dinner afterward, put the kids to bed early and toast each other with a nice bottle of (non-Prohibition era) wine.

118 East 6th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90014

Photo: The Groundlings Theatre via Facebook

Laugh It Up
Sure you could go catch the latest blockbuster on the big screen (again), or instead, how about swinging by the Groundlings Theater to watch real live comedy in action? These well-trained actors and actresses put on a mighty fine show in sketch comedy and improve acting where you might even get to have a say in the flow of the show. There’s a reason why tons of Groundlings alumni have made their way to Saturday Night Live over the years. Be prepared to laugh with your sweetheart until your sides hurt.

7307 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046

Photo: The Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Show via Facebook 

Dinner and a Murder
Date nights and dinner generally go hand in hand but they don’t usually involve solving a murder along the way. Here you and your partner-in-crime will mingle with suspects, eat with diners-in-disguise and become an active participant in figuring out whodunit. A 4 course meal plus a 4 act show with prizes for the top sleuth at the end of the experience? Date night has never been so deliciously devious!

The Dinner Detective
401 South San Fernando Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91502

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Hike It Up
Day dates can be just as fun as nighttime outings (and a lot more active) so put on your hiking shoes, grab your boo and head to the ‘Bu where miles of lush acreage awaits. Surround yourselves in breathtaking nature with tons of great hikes to choose from depending on what you have a hankering to see. Looking to check out a lake? Ocean Views more your thing? Maybe you’d rather hike to old television/film sets? There is truly an adventure down every path and with only a minimal parking fee, this date option is quite affordable (leaving room for a post-hike smoothie at Malibu Country Mart after your excursion!).

Malibu Creek State Park
1925 Las Virgenes Rd.
Calabasas, CA 91301

What are your favorite out-of-the-box date night destinations? Let us know in the comments below!

—Jenifer Scott


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